Peter Bartu teaches political transitions at UC Berkeley and
recently returned from three months ethnographic research in northern Iraq
looking at transitional governance options after the removal of ISIS from
Mosul. In 2008-2009 He spent 18 months in Ninewa, Kirkuk and Diyala working on
the disputed internal boundaries between the Arabs and the Kurds.
The west has treated ISIS as enemy number one while local
actors see it as a sideshow in a political arena stretching from the
Mediterranean to Iran. What does the defeat of ISIS in Mosul mean for Iraq?